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Radium Lost in a Hospital and Recovered from a Rubbish Heap
Radium valued at $7,500, which disappeared from the operating theater at Charing Cross Hospital, has been found, after a search lasting several days, in a rubbish heap at Harrow. Before reaching Harrow the radium had passed through the destructor fires at the hospital. It was removed from a heap of clinkers by the use of a detector machine, and is said to be none the worse for its adventure. The radium, which, apart from its cost, would be very difficult to replace, had been used in the operating theater, and was kept in two tubes. When the operation was completed the theater was cleansed, but the radium was missing. The hospital was searched and the police authorities informed. Later, a private inquiry agent was called in. He instituted another search of the building, and had the dustbins turned out.
LONDON. JAMA. 1927;88(17):1333–1335. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680430035017